The Massachusetts Bay Colony and Manifest Destiny
This paper compares and contrasts Winthrop's Massachusetts Bay Colony migration with O'Sullivan's "manifest destiny" excursion two decades later.
# 104317 | 1,333 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Jun 09, 2008 in History (U.S. Colonization of North America) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)
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The paper examines the similarities between the Puritans' seventeenth-century incursions into New England and the expansions of the nineteenth century. The paper argues that John Winthrop's experiences in reigning in the fanatical elements of his Massachusetts Bay Colony anticipated the state's dilemma in doing the same two centuries later. The paper looks at the similarities between the religious rhetoric of both westward migrations and discusses the state's ability, in both cases, to temper the dangerous emotions of overzealous adventurers.
From the Paper:"Although John Winthrop's first meeting with the members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony preceded John L. O'Sullivan's coinage of the term "manifest destiny" by two centuries, a clear thread connects the two events. The theme of westward expansion has accompanied U.S. history since England's disgruntled puritans first hatched the idea of a New World utopia, and it would not be an exaggeration to write that it was the Puritans, rather than Andrew Jackson or other nineteenth-century champions of westward expansion, who gave birth to what would later be called "manifest destiny." In fact, there are many striking similarities between the two westward movements--that is, between the Puritans' seventeenth-century incursions into New England and the expansions of the nineteenth century."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Boyer, Paul S. et al. Enduring Vision: A History of the American People. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
- Morgan, Edmund S. The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop. Boston and Toronto: Little Brown and Company, 1958.
- O'Sullivan, John L. "John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny." Civics Online. 26 May 2007 <http://www.civics-online.org/library/formatted/texts/manifest_destiny.html>.
- "An Act to Organize the Territories of Nebraska and Kansas." The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. 26 May 2007 <http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/kanneb.html>.
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